I served 12 years in the British Army. I went on operations to Iraq at 18 years old and was awarded for bravery as I saved the lives of 5 colleagues. I was on a search operation and we detained a suspect.
On our way back to camp to take him for questioning our vehicle was involved in a road traffic accident and rolled over 3 times and when we came around the Iraqi had 2 weapons. Instinct kicked in and I punched him. Because I was female and my age at the time of the incident the British Media were hugely interested and they nicknamed me “Combat Barbie”.
In 2009 I entered the National Miss England pageant and went onto become Miss England. I wanted to do this to promote females in the forces and to challenge people’s perceptions and stereotypes. I was the first female in the forces to win a pageant and represented our country at Miss Word. I also was one of the only girls who wasn’t a “model” but again this is something I wanted to challenge.
I decided I wanted to leave the pageant world with a legacy, for me being Miss England was about being a good role model and I didn’t understand why to do this you had to compete in swimwear. I campaigned and got this element of the competition removed both at Miss England and Miss World. During my year I raised over £1m for various charities worldwide.
I returned to Army duties afterwards but have continued to appear regularly in the media. I am often invited onto Good Morning Britain to debate all things Army often debates about women and stereotypes. I also do mum debates as I am now a full time working mum to two daughters I have done many motivational speeches at military and international women’s day type events and am keen to pursue this further.
I also forgot to add I have a book out called “combats to catwalk” aimed at inspiring girls to achieve whatever they want to in life regardless of what anyone tells them they can or can’t do. I also did a big campaign about bullying and sexism in workforce’s. As I received years of abuse in person and online from male colleagues and it took me 12 years to have the bravery to speak up. But hundreds of other people came forward with the campaign that appeared in the media.
To book Katrina Hodge as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing email@example.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, Katrina is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Overcoming Adversity
- The British Army
- Miss England & Miss World
- Peak Performance
- Dealing With Pressure